In whatever manner or way: However he did it, it was very clever. To whatever degree or extent: "have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the concerns\u201d ( Christopher Lasch). In what way. Used as an intensive of how: However did you get here so soon? In spite of that; nevertheless; yet: The book is expensive; however, it's worth it. On the other hand; by contrast: The first part was easy; the second, however, took hours. In whatever manner or way: Dress however you like. Archaic Notwithstanding that; although.